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AmeriCorps VIP Sonoma County

CalSERVES AmeriCorps
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VIP Members build volunteer capacity at existing nonprofits, government agencies and schools (Partner Sites) that serve children, youth and families. They do this through: 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train virtual or in person volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program. Partner Sites change annually based on community and agency need, and have included organizations such as Food Banks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Community Health Centers, Environmental Education organizations and more! This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is provided.

Service Activities

• Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization
• Develop business partnerships that provide support for the Partner Site’s volunteer program
• Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of community benefit programs
• Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Partner Site, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Service Plan
• Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience
• Participate in all program-required trainings and development opportunities, including orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, a regional training (travel may be required), monthly webinars, and online trainings
• Participate in all CA Days of Action, and a minimum of 2 National Service Days during the service term, typically in coordination with your local cohort

Community Need Addressed

Want to jump start a career in the Non-Profit sector or explore future career options while engaging in meaningful AmeriCorps service? AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure (VIP) program is an incredible way to serve by building volunteer programming and engaging volunteers to support nonprofits in meeting the needs of California communities. VIP offers opportunities to further your community engagement while gaining hands-on experience and extensive professional development. AmeriCorps VIP values and nurtures an environment that is respectful, courageous, inclusive, and equitable. We believe service is a way to bring people together and bridge divides; connecting individuals to individuals, and individuals to organizations that can help us tackle society’s toughest challenges. We are strengthened by the diversity of our members and welcome the unique contributions that you bring to our program.

Position Outcomes

Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Members are AmeriCorps members who build and strengthen sustainable volunteer programs in existing service organizations. VIP Members leave a legacy in the communities they serve by building lasting systems of volunteer engagement and management. Each VIP Member dedicates their service to a single Partner Site, working “behind the scenes” to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs. VIP Members are a part of a statewide network of over 100 VIP Members, and are placed in small teams of 5 or more in their community who meet regularly for collaboration, professional development and training.
AmeriCorps VIP values and nurtures an environment that is respectful, courageous, inclusive and equitable. We believe service is a way to bring people together and bridge divides; connecting individuals to individuals, and individuals to organizations that can help us tackle society’s toughest challenges. We are strengthened by the diversity of our members, and welcome the unique contributions that you bring to our program.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable)

• Monthly living stipend of $2,000 • Segal Education Award of $6,495* • California For All Education Award $3,505* (pending annual California State budget approval) • Health Benefits • Childcare (if applicable) • Eligibility for CalFresh (CA’s food stamp program) • Moving stipend for applicants traveling from over 250 miles from the service site • Student loan deferment and interest repayment • Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities *Please note: the living stipend and education awards are taxable

Education Benefits

College Degree, GED/High School Diploma

CPR/First Aid

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Arts Organization, Child Welfare Agency, Community Development Organization, Disability Services Organization, Elementary School, Federal Government Agency, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Library, Local Educational Agency, Museum or Nature Center, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Organization primarily serving older adults, Recreation or Youth Center, Religious Organization, School-based Nonprofit, State Agency other than State Service Commission, State Service Commission
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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